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U.S. Delegation to Commemorate the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

U.S. Embassy
Budapest, Hungary
October 23, 2006

[Text of Presidental Proclamation on 1956 | Ambassador Foley's remarks at the 1956 and Hungary Conference | more from U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary]

An American delegation including influential Hungarian-Americans will attend the October 23 commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Revolution in Budapest. The delegation was selected to honor the contributions of talented Hungarians to the democratic values, personal liberties, social achievements and economic development of the United States.

The U.S. delegation to the October 23 ceremony, headed by New York Governor George Pataki, will include U.S. Ambassador to Hungary April Foley; Peter Gogolak, former professional player of the New York Giants; and Steven Udvar-Hazy, chairman of world leader aircraft leasing firm International Lease Finance Corporation.

George Pataki, through his third re-election in 2002, has been the longest serving governor in the Unites States. Under the Governor's leadership, by introducing tax cuts, tough criminal justice policies, comprehensive welfare reforms and by carrying out record investments in New York's public education system, environment and health care, New York state has become one of the most booming and vibrant areas of the country. The Governor also led New York through a heartbreaking time of mourning and remembrance after the September 11 terrorist attacks. By making a comprehensive effort to attract new jobs and economic activity to Lower Manhattan, and the former site of the World Trade Center, he has created the foundations of the city's rebirth, recovery and revitalization.

Peter Gogolak is the "Longest Field Goal" record holder and all-time leading scorer in New York Giants' history. He arrived in the United States following the Hungarian revolution in 1957 and not only revolutionized his position as a first soccer-style kicker in professional football but also redefined his sport.

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy is chairman and CEO of International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC), a worldwide leading commercial aircraft owner and leaser. Mr. Udvar-Hazy is the leader of $18 billion enterprise and a generous philanthropist, who donated the largest-ever contribution for a new National Air and Space Museum companion facility at Washington Dulles International Airport. He is currently on the board of several foundations, educational institutions and corporations.

By honoring the official October 23 commemorations in Hungary, the United States again recognizes the fierce convictions of the Hungarian people in the quest for freedom and expresses its gratitude to the Hungarians for keeping the hope of liberty alive, which ever since 1956 has been inspiring other nations all around the world in their own struggles for freedom and democratic values.


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